A New Look for the New Year: 10 Ways to Change Your Appearance with Ease

The New Year brings with it many desires of what we’d like to change in life. From our lifestyles to our appearance and everything in between, the start of the New Year is a great time to capitalize on this newfound motivation and inspiration. If you are looking for a way to change your appearance in the New Year, consider these 10 ways to take the plunge.

1.    Get a more daring haircut that gives you a new style. Picking out and getting a new haircut is one of the first things many women do in the New Year. And what better time to try a new cut and style? Get a new look the most basic way with a great new hairstyle you’ll love to show off.

 

2.    Try a new hair color if you are looking for a bigger change. You can also try basic highlights for a less drastic change. New hair colors are a great way to change the way you look and feel, whether for the New Year, a midlife change, or after the end of a phase in life, such as after a divorce or breakup.

3.    If you want less of a change, find five new hairstyles you can do yourself and work them into your routine.
Practice until you are happy with the results and don’t forget to consider adding some new hair accessories to your collection, too.

4.    Pick out some new makeup that is different from what you already own. Choose colored eyeliners or darker ones, pick new hues of eye shadow, and change up your lip color from time to time. New makeup is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to change up your look for a New Year.

5.    Ditch some of your older clothes for new fashions to give you confidence and style. Out with the old, in with the new. Make room for some new clothes for both work and play by donating your worn clothing to a charity like Purple Heart or Goodwill, and then you’ll feel less guilty when picking out your new wardrobe.

6.    Get manicures once or twice a month or do your own nails at home. This can become costly if you go to the salon all the time, so don’t be afraid to experiment on your own manicures, pedicures, and even French manicures at home.

7.    Get a new pair of glasses or switch to contacts. Even if you have 20/20 vision, you can even try a pair of glasses with regular lenses just to make a fashion statement. For a bigger change, consider trying a pair of colored contact lenses. They’ll be a bit pricey but you might enjoy peeping a different color for a few months or even the year.

8.    Get longer eyelashes. Consider eyelash extensions or very simply, a better mascara product to give you longer, more noticeable lashes.

9.    Try teeth whitening products to give you a brighter smile. Rembrandt and Crest both offer great at-home teeth whitening options, among other brands. You can also consider professional whitening services if needed or desired.

10.    Don’t sweat the small stuff – less stress in your life can really impact your appearance.
Get your vibrancy back by letting go of the things you cannot change. Try not to obsess over things unless you absolutely must. Why do you think they call them “worry lines”?

Top Vacation Hotspots and Honeymoon Destinations for the Month of January

Traveling for pleasure during the month of January can be a welcome change from the frozen temperatures of winter if you live in the northern hemisphere. If you are planning your honeymoon or even a special vacation during the first month of the year, you can try any of the world’s vacation hotspots or simply choose a destination that is known to have great weather during the month of January.


Celebrating your honeymoon in January can be a great experience. First of all, January tends to be off-peak for wedding planning, so you should be able to save a bundle on expenses. Second, if you live in a colder climate in the northern hemisphere, you will likely enjoy getting away from the cold here and there to celebrate your anniversary on vacation.

Consider these top 13 vacation hotspots and honeymoon destinations to enjoy during the month of January.

Top January Vacation and Honeymoon Hotspots

1.    Aruba
2.    Australia
3.    Bahamas
4.    Belize
5.    Caribbean Islands
6.    Costa Rica
7.    Curacao

8.    Jamaica
9.    Kenya
10.    Maldives
11.    Mexico
12.    New Zealand
13.    Thailand

* Destinations suggested by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, wedding designer and president of Events of Distinction

Traveling from a cold place to a warmer place during the month of January means you must be prepared to face both hot and cold temperatures at the departure and arrival airports. Be sure to pack appropriately and consider dressing in layers to help you prepare for the climate change. Remember to pack your sunscreen if you plan to spend some time on the beach. Most of all, enjoy your special January honeymoon or winter vacation getaway.

10 Tips to Make Your Family Ski Vacation More Affordable

A family ski trip vacation can be a great winter excursion.Many families enjoy taking an annual ski trip, whether near or far. Whether your family members enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or simply relaxing in the lodge with some hot chocolate in front of a roasting fire, you can really enjoy a great winter family vacation together. To get the most out of your family ski vacation, it really pays to try and find deals and to lower your travel costs as much as possible.

If your family is planning a ski vacation this winter, make sure you take the time to consider your expenses and try to fit your plans into your budget. Consider these 10 tips on how to make your family ski vacation more affordable from Christy Sports, a well-known ski and snowboard retailer in the Rocky Mountain region.

1. Look for all-inclusive packages. “Most ski resorts are providing all-inclusive packages that include airfare, lodging, lift tickets and ski/snowboard lessons,” says Randy England, Marketing Manager at Christy Sports. “The good thing about all-inclusive packages is that you know ahead of time, exactly how much the trip will cost. In looking for an all-inclusive package, start with a lodging provider.”

Enjoy a family ski vacation at a lower cost.2. Avoid the peak holiday periods. “Lodging prices and airfare around Christmas, New Year’s, and President’s Day are often double what they would be for the rest of the season,” notes England. “In the Rocky Mountains, the resorts can stay open as late as April and good deals can be found late into the ski season.”

3. Look for discounts for kids. “Often parents can find discounts for kids on ski rentals, ski passes, ski lessons, and air travel,” England shares. “Shop around. At Christy Sports, children under 12 rent free with a 5 day adult rental purchase.”

4. Book early, especially if you fly. “Travel packages will start to dry up by Thanksgiving so book now,” says Randy England of Christy Sports. “Shop travel sites (Expedia, Orbitz, etc.) as well as the direct airline Web sites for discount airfare.”

5. Negotiate with lodging properties. “This year there have been big price differences for renting similar condos at the same location,” England explains. “This year, property managers are willing to negotiate and make a ‘deal’ on units. So don’t be afraid to negotiate or reserve the advertised price.”

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Men’s Haircut and Hairstyle Trends for 2010

Consider these hair tips and trends for men for 2010.The advent of the New Year often inspires people to try a new look, especially when it comes to haircuts and styles. Many times for men it is no different. A new haircut, hairstyle, or hair color can make all the difference in how you feel about yourself going into 2010. As you think about your new look for the New Year, consider some hot men’s haircut and hairstyle trends for 2010.

Pam Kelly, National Director of Technical Services for Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, shares some tips and hottest trends for men’s hair in 2010. She explains how guys can get the salon look at home with little effort. Consider the following hot trends for men’s cuts and styles this coming year.


Men’s 2010 Hair Trend #1: Longer Hair is Hot
Say goodbye to the buzz cut and welcome longer locks for men. More hair on your head gives you more styling and texture options, but it also gives you a new look that many will love. Pam Kelly suggests keeping the shape of longer men’s hair slim and sleek, not wide and bushy.

“All male designs should create a tall and lean look on men,” she says. “One look that is popular for men is having longer layers cut on top and shorter layers on the sides and back.”

Men’s 2010 Hair Trend #2: Diversify for Success
Don’t get stuck in a rut! The hair products available for men have come a long way from years ago. Depending on the haircut and hairstyle you choose, you may find more success with a different hair styling product than your current gel or styling goo.

“Most men (you know who you are!) just grab the gel, but gel doesn’t work for every hair type or style,” Kelly notes. “Longer lengths may require pomade or molding mud to add texture with a slight hold.”

Men’s Haircut and Hairstyle Tips for You and Your Stylist
Longer hair and different styling products are two keys to 2010 men's hairstyles.By speaking with your stylist at your next haircut appointment, you can get a good feel for your new haircut and what’s involved in your hair routine. You can get a lot of great tips and tricks from your hairstylist, and by talking with them and asking questions, you can usually ensure that the haircut you get is the one you want.

“Men need to let their stylist know their daily routines,” says Pam Kelly. “Be sure to tell your stylist what you do for a living, if you work out a lot, and how often you shampoo and condition. This helps the stylist to determine how much time the guest has to spend on his hair and what products to recommend.  In addition, most men have scalp issues for several reasons: products tend to build up on the scalp as men have shorter hair and men with thinner hair or short clipper cuts have more scalp exposure. These guests should ask about the best hair care regimen to keep their scalps healthy. A healthy scalp equals healthy hair.”

As you consider these men’s haircut and hairstyle trends for 2010, remember that you alone can be the judge of whether you are comfortable with a particular hairstyle. It’s good to be cautious so you don’t end up with a hairstyle you want to hide, but the good news is your hair will grow back, and you can always recolor it or cut it again if you don’t quite get the hair color or the longer hairstyle that you want. Talk with your significant other, family, friends, and stylist to get an idea of what hairstyles others think would look good on you – and then go with your gut instincts.

About the Expert:
Pam Kelly is National Director of Technical Services for Fantastic Sams Hair Salons. Fantastic Sams offers a full selection of hair care services, from styling and coloring to straightening, waxing, grooming, and even a collection of styling products for use at home. For more information, please see www.fantasticsams.com.

What to Wear for New Year’s Eve with Family, In-Laws, on a Date, or with Friends

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year. If you are wondering what to wear for New Year’s, you should consider your plans for the evening to help you come to a decision. New Year’s is frequently an occasion people look forward to celebrating, many times making their plans months in advance. For such a feted occasion, a fashionable outfit for New Year’s Eve is truly a must have.

“It’s only natural that you want to look fabulous at all of the holiday parties you’re attending in the next few weeks,” says New York-based image consultant Marla Tomazin, who has 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. “After all, we know that when you look good, you feel good! The problem is, around this time of year many women open their closets and think, So many clothes, and nothing to wear!

 

“If that’s you, I’m willing to bet that you’ve got more to work with than you think you do. And let’s face it — many of us don’t have as much extra money this year as we would like. However, by putting a fresh spin on some of your old standbys — or by supplementing them with a few new additions — you’ll be turning heads in no time, and your wallet won’t be hurting.”

As you contemplate what to wear for a New Year’s Eve party, remember to keep your comfort in mind. Think about the venue where your New Year’s party is being hosted – is it a bar, someone’s house, or another location? Be sure you dress warm enough or cool enough for the evening’s festivities. Consider the following ideas for what to wear on New Year’s Eve with family, in-laws, friends, or your significant other.

What to Wear for New Year’s Eve with Your Family or Your In-Laws
New Year’s Eve with your family or in-laws can typically be whatever you want it to be when it comes to deciding what to wear. From your favorite jeans and a fuzzy sweater (especially one with a V-neck and a hood) to a cute party dress or even a pencil skirt and classy top, you can make your New Year’s Eve ensemble fit for the occasion.

A nice silk top may be the perfect fashion for a New Year’s Eve party with your family or in-laws, or even your friends or significant other, recommends Kim Bolufe, owner of Bolufe, a trendy boutique in South Florida. Black is a timeless color, and an off-the-shoulder or single shoulder sleeve could be a fashion forward option for the holiday festivities.

Consider matching up your favorite pair of boots with a knee-length skirt or dress up one of your stand-by outfits with new accessories, new shoes, or a new hairstyle. If you are celebrating New Year’s Eve with your family, ask your siblings, your mom, or your cousins what they are planning to wear to the party. If celebrating the New Year with your in-laws, check with your spouse to find out what would be appropriate for the occasion. Most times, selecting an outfit that makes you feel good about yourself is a great start, especially if you choose something comfortable.

What to Wear for New Year’s Eve with Your Sweetheart or on a Date
For many, New Year’s Eve carries a very romantic ambiance, whether you’re in a long-term relationship or a new one. Choosing what to wear on a New Year’s Eve date can be tricky or a snap, depending on the message you want to convey and the details of your evening together. If you are going out with your boyfriend, fiancé, or husband for a romantic dinner, that little black dress may fit the evening perfectly. If you’re staying home to enjoy an intimate evening together, a less formal yet equally sexy outfit should do the trick.

When spending New Year’s Eve with your significant other and/or friends, Richard Metzger, the creative director of Rafaella Group, endorses sparkle and shine in the form of embellished necklines. Whether sweeping, V-neck, scoop neck, or something else, an adorned neckline adds an attractive element to your New Year’s Eve outfit.

Kim Bolufe, owner of Bolufe Boutique in South Florida, recommends a Jersey Cotton Modal Dress as a great fashion choice for what to wear on New Year’s Eve. This little black dress features a sexy cut, short skirt length, and nicely adorned thick dress straps.

Guys looking for a hint on what to wear for a romantic New Year’s Eve date – consider a dress shirt with French cuffs and cufflinks. Depending on the level of formality for your evening, you can dress the outfit up with dress pants or dress it down with your favorite jeans.

What to Wear for New Year’s Eve with Friends or Strangers…


A Youthful Giveaway – AminoGenesis “Gone in Sixty Seconds” Instant Wrinkle Relief

Enter our giveaway for a chance to win instant wrinkle relief.Unfortunately, the onset of wrinkles is just another part of aging. Thankfully, anti-wrinkle products are getting better and better so that we can relax knowing we’re doing what we can to keep our skin looking youthful and radiant. In line with our 12 Giveaways of Christmas, AminoGenesis is offering its “Gone in Sixty Seconds” Wrinkle Relief product up for giveaway to one lucky Life Love Beauty reader. Read on to find out how you can enter!

Win AminoGenesis Gone in Sixty Seconds Wrinkle Relief!AminoGenesis “Gone in Sixty Seconds” delivers tightening, firming, and reduction in puffiness to your skin. This product is dermatologist approved and does not contain any Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Synthetic Colorants, or Synthetic Fragrances. This giveaway is sponsored by AminoGenesis.

Read on for more instructions on how to enter our giveaway for a chance to win AminoGenesis “Gone in Sixty Seconds” wrinkle relief product to help keep your skin young, soft, and smooth.

Prize: One lucky winner will receive “Gone in Sixty Seconds” by AminoGenesis, valued at $19.95. For more information about AminoGenesis, please visit www.aminogenesis.com. This product is also available for sale at Amazon.com.

Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (including Hawaii) age 18 and up or age 13 through 17 with written parental permission. One entry per person. All state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.

Time Frame: Contest begins Monday, December 28, 2009 and ends Wednesday, January 13, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Rules: Please read these instructions carefully and follow accordingly. Please note: You MUST follow the rules in entirety to be eligible for a chance to win this contest.

1. REQUIRED: Take our quick survey about skin and anti-aging at Survey Monkey.

2. Include your real email address in the entry so we can contact you if you win.

** Optional Bonus Entry – Become a fan and leave a comment on the Wall of the Life Love Beauty Facebook siteOR Follow us on Twitter @lifel0vebeauty and send us a direct message or a reply letting us know you’re entering the AminoGenesis. You’ll be entered a second time.

*** Please ensure we have your email address or a way to contact you through Twitter or Facebook so we can reach you if you win.

We will email / message you to collect your shipping info if you are selected as the winner.

Note: When you enter, you will automatically be subscribed to the Life Love Beauty Monthly Newsletter. (If you are already a subscriber, you won’t need to subscribe again.) You can opt out at any time. We will never give away or sell your email address.

How to win:
•    One entry per person.
•    No purchase necessary. You have not yet won.
•    Winner will be contacted via e-mail, and the winner will be added to the list of winners posted on LifeLoveBeauty.com following verification.

Good luck!

 

Dean’s Dip “Dipstakes” Giveaway – Win a package of 2 vouchers for Dean’s Dip, a Dip Tray and a Stadium Blanket

The holidays are a great time to enjoy snacks and appetizers with family and friends. With the SuperBowl coming up only a few short weeks away, it’s a good idea to start thinking of your party menu. In the spirit of holiday snacking, Dean’s Dip has teamed up with Life Love Beauty to bring you the Dean’s Dip “Dipstakes” Giveaway, where you can try to win a goodie pack from Dean’s Dip, including two vouchers for free Dean’s Dip, a dip tray, and a stadium blanket. Find out how to enter our giveaway from Dean’s Dip!


This giveaway is sponsored by Dean’s Dip, which is actually hosting its own DipStakes Sweepstakes on Facebook, where you can enter for a chance to win weekly prizes and the ultimate home entertainment system.

Read on for more instructions on how to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a goodie pack from Dean’s Dip, including two vouchers for free Dean’s Dip, a dip tray, and a stadium blanket.

Prize: One lucky winner will win a goodie pack from Dean’s Dip, including two vouchers for free Dean’s Dip, a dip tray, and a stadium blanket. For more information about Dean’s Dairy Dip, visit online at www.deansdip.com.

Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (including Hawaii) age 18 and up or age 13 through 17 with written parental permission. One entry per person. All state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.

Time Frame: Contest begins Monday, December 28, 2009 and ends Tuesday, January 12, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Rules: Please read these instructions carefully and follow accordingly. Please note: You MUST follow the rules in entirety to be eligible for a chance to win this contest.

1. REQUIRED: Take our quick survey about dip and party food at Survey Monkey.

2. Include your real email address in the entry so we can contact you if you win.

** Optional Bonus Entry – Become a fan and leave a comment on the Wall of the Life Love Beauty Facebook siteOR Follow us on Twitter @lifel0vebeauty and send us a direct message or a reply letting us know you’re entering the Dean’s Dip Giveaway. You’ll be entered a second time.

*** Please ensure we have your email address or a way to contact you through Twitter or Facebook so we can reach you if you win.

We will email / message you to collect your shipping info if you are selected as the winner.

Note: When you enter, you will automatically be subscribed to the Life Love Beauty Monthly Newsletter. (If you are already a subscriber, you won’t need to subscribe again.) You can opt out at any time. We will never give away or sell your email address.

How to win:
•    One entry per person.
•    No purchase necessary. You have not yet won.
•    Winner will be contacted via e-mail, and the winner will be added to the list of winners posted on LifeLoveBeauty.com following verification.

Good luck!

 

What to Wear for Christmas with Family, In-Laws, on a Date, or with Friends

It’s hard to believe how quickly Christmas sneaks up every year, and yet it does, year after year. And with it comes the ever present decision of what to wear for Christmas. No matter if you are going on a festive Christmas date with your sweetheart or a  new love interest, spending the holidays with your family, or setting aside the Christmas holiday with your in-laws, you’re probably thinking about what you should wear for Christmas.

Should you buy a new outfit for Christmas or repurpose something you already have in your wardrobe? The truth is it’s up to you what you wear for Christmas, although it can be fun to find and buy a new outfit or dress to help you celebrate the holiday season. To help you decide what to wear for Christmas with your family, in-laws, on a date, or with friends, consider these options from a few top fashion experts.

For the budget conscious, Walmart offers an array of fashions that are great for any occasion and even better for your wallet. Walmart’s Norma Kamali collection boasts lovely wrap and jersey dresses, pencil skirts, and even an all-in-one dress that you can wear six different ways for a truly unique experience each time, no matter who you’re visiting. Walmart also offers the Miley Cyrus & Max Azria line, which features everything for the perfect party getup – from bubble dresses to sequin tops and snazzy bomber jackets. To keep your wallet happy, all of Walmart’s prices for these items are under $35.

“The most popular items so far for the holiday season at Effie’s Heart have been versatile pieces that can be re-worn later in the year,” says owner and designer Kimo. “These items can be transformed into entirely different looks with the addition of a jacket and a change of jewels.”

Part of the fun of selecting a holiday outfit to wear for Christmas at any location is choosing an ensemble that you can wear again and again. Keep this thought in mind as you try to decide what to wear for Christmas and Christmas Eve.

What to Wear for Christmas with Your Family
Spending the holidays with your family is a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas. Christmas with your family may call for a comfortable and casual look but you can also show off lovely holiday fashions with a more elegant look. No matter which level of formality you choose for your wardrobe for Christmas with your family, you can always spice things up with shoes and accessories as well.

Rafaella, a clothing design company featuring modern fashions for on-the-go women, offers a wide array of lovely tops, skirts, pants, dresses, and other fashionable ensembles that are perfect for the holiday. Rafaella’s creative director Richard Metzger recommends Winter White for a fabulous holiday fashion statement when celebrating with your family.

“You don’t have to dress in red and green to feel festive this holiday season,” Metzger says. “Try high contrast winter whites for a fresh update to your holiday wardrobe; you can even add a dash of silver or gold for a gilded holiday look.”

What to Wear for Christmas with Your In-Laws
Celebrating Christmas with your in-laws is special because you’re spending the holiday with your spouse and his loved ones. Making a good impression with your in-laws may be important to you if you’re newly a part of the family. If you’ve been married for quite some time, you may still want to dress up a little bit for the holidays with your in-laws.

If you are trying to decide what to wear for Christmas with your in-laws, Rafaella’s Richard Metzger suggests Ergofit. A wardrobe that offers slimming and shape friendly lines and angles can enhance your confidence as well as your holiday wardrobe.

“Rafaella’s ergofit slimming technology collection is a godsend during the holidays,” he says. “You will look slim and sleek with Rafaella’s slimming technology built into classic silhouettes – eggnog anyone?”

Effie’s Heart, a fashionable Indie clothing line that offers staples for every wardrobe, offers a lovely collection of winter fashions that are great for any kind of holiday entertaining and visiting. While certain fashions make a perfect match for certain occasions, these are beautiful garments you’ll love wearing all year long.

“For celebrating Christmas with your in-laws, the sweetheart dress is perfect,” says Kimo, owner and designer at Effie’s Heart. “This flattering classic has just the right balance of girlie-ness.”

What to Wear for Christmas with Your Sweetheart or a New Love Interest on a Christmas Date…


Life Love Beauty’s 12 Giveaways of Christmas

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LifeLoveBeauty.com Hosts the 12 Giveaways of Christmas

Every year, the holidays still seem to sneak up on us. To celebrate the end of 2009 before we launch into a new decade, Life Love Beauty is hosting a special holiday promotion – the 12 Giveaways of Christmas. The women’s interest site hosts at least one contest or giveaway per month, but for the last month of the decade, December 2009, Life Love Beauty is hosting a dozen different contests with just as many prizes to be won.

Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a Clarisonic Skincare System for you and a friend or loved one.Stay tuned to Life Love Beauty’s home page and Contest section for the ongoing announcement of the 12 giveaways for the 2009 Christmas season. You can find both new and expired giveaways at http://www.lifelovebeauty.com/home/contests.html.

The 12 contest opportunities are easy and fun to enter. Simply read the official contest guidelines online and follow the instructions, from following on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook to completing a fast, easy online survey that only takes a minute or two to enter.

Life Love Beauty’s 12 Giveaways of Christmas will be announced over the remainder of December 2009. The 12 Giveaways of Christmas include:

1.    Random Acts of Clarisonic – Giveaway of Clarisonic Skincare System for a deserving person in your life and a bonus Clarisonic for you

2.    E-Z Eye Roller Ball Eye Shadow – Enter for a chance to win cool eye makeup by Sue Devitt

3.    Dean’s Dip Giveaway – Win a package of 2 vouchers for Dean’s Dip, a Dip Tray and a Stadium Blanket

4.    AminoGenesis “Gone in 60 Seconds” – Try to win this wrinkle relief product that firms and tightens your skin while also reducing puffiness.

5.    Lierac Jet Set Beaute kit

6.    Votre Vu Tart D’amande Body Souffle

7.    Karite Special by nunaat.com

8.    Pulse Yoga II: Balance & Tone

9.    Sothy’s At-Home Spa Kit – Featuring shower gel, bath tablets, and oils

10.    Energizing Essential Oils Elixir by Sothy’s

11.    Luxtural Hydrating Mist

12.    ADD MORE ~ing TO YOUR LIFE: A Hip Guide to Happiness (QNY; January 12, 2010; $14.99) – Book by Gabrielle Bernstein

Please feel free to share this exciting contest opportunity with anyone you know, and link to it if applicable. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch!

About LifeLoveBeauty.com:
Life Love Beauty is a women’s interest site with a focus on beauty, weddings and relationships, travel, health, and general life topics. The site features how-to articles and advice / tips, as well as ideas for parties and social outings, beauty product reviews, travel recommendations, and numerous gift guides, among others. Life Love Beauty runs its own e-newsletter and hosts at least one contest or giveaway every month.

 

Perfect Panties for Every Body – Different Types of Underwear

Lots of cute underwear options exist for women of all shapes and sizes. You can enjoy skimpy skivvies or full coverage panties, depending on your preferences and your needs. Countless cute patterns and styles of panties exist, and you can get underwear in just about any color and fabric you can imagine.

Consider the following types of panties to determine which ones are best for your body.

Bikinis and String Bikinis / Tangas – Much like the bottom of a typical bikini, bikini panties rest at the hips and feature a narrow strip of fabric at the sides. You can also get string bikini underwear, which have a string or ties at the sides instead of a strip of fabric. Tangas are essentially string bikinis with a narrow waistband strip at the side. Bikini panties feature less coverage in the rear compared to briefs.

Boy Leg Briefs or Boy Shorts – These cute bottoms offer a boyish style to a girl’s panties. As you can probably picture, these panties have short legs that offer more hip coverage. Many bathing suits also offer the popular boy leg or boy shorts bottom. These are a good fit for women who would like to downplay their thighs and hips.

Briefs – Briefs offer full coverage of your bum and a pretty standard cut for underwear. You aren’t showing much off, but briefs do make good athletic underwear, especially for sports such as running. Briefs come up to your waist or just below your bellybutton. Different styles of briefs exist, such as classic / full briefs (often what little girls wear), high-cut / French cut briefs (a bit less coverage), boy leg briefs (see above), and control panties (offering support and a more slender look).

Flutter Panties – These adorable and romantic panties rest on the waist with elastic at the top, but down below they feature pretty fabric that can be frilly, ruffled, or flowy.

G-String – G-String panties are much like a thong panty but usually only offer a tiny ribbon or string of material in the rear. G-Strings are often popular choices to reduce panty lines or to give the wearer a seductive secret.

Hipsters – These cute panties are often popular with teens and young adults. The waistband goes lower around the hips but the panty itself offers a similar style to the briefs.

Thong – The thong is a popular style of underwear that does an amazing job to hide panty lines. Thongs have a narrow band for a waistband but offer only a strip of fabric in the rear for coverage. The fabric in the rear of the thong panty gets wider at the top and the rest of the strip nestles between your cheeks. The rest of your bum is exposed.

If you are curvy, plus size, or just a bit overweight, you might consider a sexy panty like the lacy boy shorts or the corseted boy shorts. Those offer a very attractive fashion for your backside and they look great no matter how big your bum is.

If you are skinny or don’t have many curves, you might want to focus on the fabric more than the cut of the panties. You could definitely wear something like a flutter panty that would give you the illusion of more curves. Anything with ruffles or flowing fabric can also help to add some shape to your hips, bum, or legs.

No matter what kinds of panties you decide to get, have fun looking and considering different styles, colors, and fabrics. Some novelty panties feature beads and charms for an extra cute approach. Others feature printed or painted sayings on the backside of your briefs or boy shorts. As you shop for the best panties for your body type, don’t forget to get a few in your favorite colors and a few sexy ones in lace that you can save for a rainy day.

How to Get Super Soft, Sexy Feet that Look and Feel Great

No matter what the season, soft and smooth feet are a trend that will never change. Regular pedicures can help to keep your feet soft, smooth, and touchable. There are plenty of other tips to help you keep your feet looking and feeling great, and we’ve teamed up with Life Love Beauty readers to share some smooth feet tricks with you.

1.    Apply lotion regularly for soft and touchable feet.

“I apply a lot of lotion, and slip socks onto my lotioned feet, sit in a chaise, and let the lotion work its magic!”
–    Carol Dziuba, NJ

“I’m very careful to keep my feet moisturized. Most often I use Udder Cream from Wal-Mart. I also wear shoes whenever my feet are on the floor, or outside my home.  Pedicures are just as important as manicures.”
–    Beverley Justice, NC

“I keep my feet great by creaming my feet every night and covering with an old pair of socks.”
–    Barb Devine, FL

“I have a special trick that seems to work for me.  I work out at the gym five to six days per week.  I lather on a moisturizer before I don my gym socks.  The heat from the workout seems to help the cream penetrate well.  Despite hard workouts, my feet stay soft and buttery and callus-free.  I treat them to pedicures once a month, or more in the summer.  My tootsies are very happy indeed.”
–     Jean Hepburn

“I use lotion on my feet at least one time per day and don’t go barefoot ever (and I love going barefoot!). I usually always have soft feet.”
–    Sherry Milstein, CA

2.    Use a foot scrub or pumice stone to exfoliate and remove dead skin and keep feet soft.

“To keep my feet beautiful I start by using a foot scrub to take away all the dead skin. Then I moisturize my feet with a foot lotion (preferably peppermint).  Every day I make sure I put some lotion just to keep my feet soft.  I also like to paint my toenails (red) for the sexy factor.”
–    Carolyn Gonzalez, NC

“I keep my feet super soft and sexy by soaking them in warm water, Epsom salts, and peppermint oil. After I dry them off, I pumice them, clip my toenails, and moisturize the heels with Vaseline.”
–    Viv Sicherman, NY

“I use Kerasel on my feet.  In the tub the dry skin just rubs off to leave soft and smooth feet.  Then I apply lotion.”
–    Donna Kozar

3.    Get regular pedicures for smooth, soft, and sexy feet.

“The first thing I do to keep my feet smooth and sexy is to get a pedicure every 4-6 weeks.  In between, I use A & D ointment (for baby’s bottom) and slather it on my feet and then wear a heavy weight pair of socks.  Works great – just don’t wear thin socks or go barefoot until it is absorbed.  I learned the hard way that it will leave foot prints on hard wood floors (until you treat your floors again).”
–    Deb Collett, MI

“I like to keep my feet soft and feeling great with regular pedicures. Often times, at night I’ll apply moisturizer all over my feet, slip on a pair of comfortable cotton socks, and go to sleep with the socks on, leaving my feet extra soft and looking great in the morning.”
–    Anne Sicherman, NY

4.    Wear comfy socks to bed.

“In the winter I rub Vaseline into my feet and night and sleep with cozy socks on. To keep my feel feeling great I go to the chiropractor regularly to keep everything in alignment. It has made all the difference in the world.”
–    Joni

“After I soak my feet, I slather them with cocoa butter and sleep in a pair of nylon socks….works great to keep your feet nice.”
–    Kathy Swenson, NY

“My trick for super soft and sexy feet
is an easy one that can’t be beat.
It keeps my feet looking, and feeling, great!
Want to know my secret? Just can’t wait?

Every night before to bed I goes
I lotion-up my heels and toes—
like sleeping bags, my socks go on
my feet, and stay there ‘til the dawn!”
–    Daphne Rice, OR

Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with a Sick or Terminally Ill Family Member or Friend

We all know the holidays can be everything from stressful and hectic to romantic, relaxing, and satisfying. Sometimes a combination of emotions encompasses the holiday, leaving us scrambling to figure out just how we really do feel. When you throw in the element of a sick or terminally ill family member or friend, you might suddenly feel numb and unsure of how to proceed through your holidays.

Many times what we need to remember is that our loved ones need us in their times of struggle. Whether they are hoping and waiting for a cure or beyond all hope, those who are sick or terminally ill really do appreciate our thoughts, prayers, and especially our time in visiting them and reminding them how much we care.

 

“When the harshness of reality assaults your everyday existence, there are bigger concerns than how to decorate your tree or which wrapping paper to buy,” says Joni Aldrich, author of The Saving of Gordon: Lifelines to W-I-N Against Cancer (Cancer Lifeline Publications, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-4392550-3-2, $19.95). “The thing is—unless you move to a cave!—the holiday season will impact your life, whether you want it to or not. But if you step back and think about the true reasons for the season—mercy, caring, and humanity—the holidays that seem so difficult can also hold invaluable gifts.”

Author Joni Aldrich lost her husband Gordon in his two-year battle against cancer in 2006. In her book, The Saving of Gordon, she offers the following tips on five ways that you can celebrate the holidays with a sick or terminally ill friend or loved one.

1.    “Don’t wait for the “right time”—just go.”
“Visiting an ill loved one is going to be hard. Know that, and choose to move forward anyway,” says Aldrich. “When you do visit, consider the needs of the patient and his or her family. Call in advance, and take your cues from the family regarding the duration of your visit. Consider the well-being of the patient, and err on the side of caution when choosing to visit. If you are under the weather yourself—even if it’s just a sniffle or a cough—consider a phone conversation instead, or wear a mask. Also, avoid wearing strong perfumes or colognes.”

2.    “Visit the patient and the caregivers.”
“Whatever you do, don’t avoid the family because you are uncertain of how to approach them in a difficult situation,” instructs Aldrich. “Call often, bring food, and offer prayers. These ‘gifts’ will be appreciated by the patient and by his or her family. It is very painful when the family expects that support, and ultimately doesn’t receive it.”

3.    “Avoid preconceived expectations.”
“Always gauge the patient’s mood as acutely as you can,” Aldrich says. “It’s helpful if she is forthcoming about what would give her the most comfort, but she may not be able to express her feelings and needs that easily. Make the visit about the patient, whether that means that you end up laughing, crying, reminiscing, or even leaving until a more convenient time.”

4.    “Be sensitive to changes in the holiday routine.”
“If a holiday party does take place, take extra care not to go off into a corner to whisper with other friends and acquaintances,” Aldrich urges. “The last thing your ill loved one needs or wants is to feel like he is the cause of speculation or sadness. Similarly, there will be tears, so let them come. Sometimes the patient won’t want to see them, so you may have to steal some private time. Whatever you do, don’t shut yourself off completely from the patient or from your feelings.”

5.    “Remember that the best gifts can’t be wrapped.”
“Don’t forget that a hug is one of the most powerful gifts that can be exchanged,” says Aldrich. “A kind word is another. A sympathetic ear is often the best present you can offer, along with a strong shoulder to cry on. Make sure that your ill loved one and his or her family know that you are available to help at any time, whether that means a grocery store run, an extra pair of hands to help hang holiday decorations, a night out for the patient’s family, or going to get a prescription filled. Prayer is the most blessed gift of all—pray together, pray separately, and pray often.”

“Ultimately, you will be blessed because of the comfort and love you have given to a family who needs it,” promises Aldrich. “You will have experienced the true meaning of Christmas—giving a gift to others that is much more valuable than anything you could ever wrap in a box. This holiday season, the precious time you spend with your ill loved one will offer hope and comfort, and it will supply precious memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life.”

About the Expert:
Joni James Aldrich is the author of The Saving of Gordon: Lifelines to W-I-N Against Cancer (Cancer Lifeline Publications, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-4392550-3-2, $19.95) and The Cancer Patient W-I-N Book: Our Cancer Fight Journal and of the upcoming book The Losing of Gordon: A Beacon Through the Storm Called “Grief.” For more information, please visit www.thecancerlifeline.com. You can buy The Saving of Gordon: Lifelines to W-I-N Against Cancer on Amazon.com (plus it’s eligible for free super saver shipping!).